The Kidd’s Top 50 Games of This Generation: Part 2

•October 23, 2013 • 3 Comments

This is my top 24 list of games I believe were the best this generation, if you have not already go read up the previous list to catch up, the game you are looking for just might be on there.

24. Company of Heroes

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Platforms: PC

Year: 2006

Studio: Relic Entertainment

Back in my early days of gaming I considered myself a PC Gamer, playing classics like Command and Conquer, Warcraft and Red Alert. I enjoyed my Real Time Strategy games. So how fitting was it that the game that brought me back to PC Gaming after dropping it for all these years was arguably the best RTS of this generation.

CoH had a brilliant single player campaign, fantastic use of dynamic terrain as cover or for setting traps, beautiful visuals and it also had Steve Blum as the announcer how cool is that. CoH does have a pretty steep learning curve but once you get the basics it’s so rewarding. The online Multiplayer matchmaking is some of the best I’ve experienced on any game, so go ahead hop on steam and get this baby if you haven’t already.

Rating: 8.5

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The Kidd’s Top 50 Games of This Generation: Part 1

•October 22, 2013 • 1 Comment

With the arrival of the final batch of next gen consoles looming I thought id list my favourite games of the past generation. I have a lot to say so We’ll get right into it.

50. Angry Birds

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Platforms: Multiplatform
Year: 2010
Studio: Rovio Studios
Well yeah Angry Birds, we all played it, had fun with it, some got addicted others didn’t. The impact this game has had is not something we can ignore it brought a lot of casual gamers in and continues to do so.

Rating: 7

49. Dance Central 2

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Platforms: XBOX 360

Year: 2011

Studio: Harmonix

The Kinect had problems, yes it didn’t work half the time but when it did it was magnificent. I’ll be honest I’m not very good at Dance Central but it’s a lot of fun with friends and one of the only ways to get a bunch of drunk dude to embarrass themselves on camera.

Rating: 7

48. Rock Band 3

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Platforms: Multiplatform

Year: 2010

Studio: Harmonix

One of these had to be on here, how could they possibly be ignored? I remember having my mind blown the first time I strapped on my plastic bass guitar and stroked away. It was like magic, my lifelong dream coming true; I was the Bass Guitarist of a Rock Band!

This is still one of the best party games ever made, it’s a shame they over saturated the market with themselves and ended up committing marketing suicide. We will miss you forever Rock Band.

Rating: 7

47. Plants Vs Zombies

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Platforms: Multiplatform

Year: 2009

Studio: PopCap Studios

Im not much of a mobile gamer so I ended up playing this time sinker on my PC. I was astonished at how easily I got addicted to this game that had zombies in it, and we all know how I feel about Zombie games.

PvZ is one of those rare causal games that hits that sweet spot between accessibility and depth that any type of gamer can easily enjoy the many hours they spend with it. Its probably my favourite Tower defence game, ill even go out on a limb and say its the reason tower defence became such a big hit this generation.

Rating: 7.5

46. Wii Sports

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Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Year: 2006

Studio: Nintendo

My very first encounter with motion control, I still recall it clearly after all these years. Holding that WiiMote and swinging at the virtual golf ball on the screen. It was such a mind blowing thing at the time and little did we know then that this little whit machine we were playing it on would win this console generation.

Rating: 7.5

45. Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition

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Platforms: Multiplatform

Year: 2011

Studio: Capcom

This is the game responsible for the renaissance of 2D fighters. We had waited years for the return of a proper Street Fighter and Yoshinoro Ono finally delivered.

Its Street Fighter, with all the perks and quirks.

Rating: 7.5

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Wolf Children on The Lone Parenthood

•October 11, 2013 • 3 Comments

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Wold Children: Ame & Yuki is the latest feature film from famed anime director Mamoru Hosoda of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time fame. Its no secret that I am a huge fan of his and my expectations for his new film were very high. I expected the film to be a nice heart warming childrens film and my expectations were not exactly met, Hosoda instead gave me a Josei slice of life drama about a young woman finding love and raising two children. This was not by any means a bad thing because somehow, Hosoda managed to give me one of animes best examples of a strong female character, probably the best ive seen in years, Hana.

Hosoda’s strength in story telling has always been in the way he sets up his visuals, no dialogue was needed for me to know that Hana was falling in love or how much pain she felt when she lost her husband. All the characters in the movie are believable and very well developed.

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The thing I loved the most about Hana’s character was how real she felt. She’s a character that is both strong willed and has some vulnerabilities. It’s the combination of both her vulnerabilities and tenaciousness that make her so endearing. I rooted for her whenever she did her best to raise a precocious young girl in Ame, I felt sorry for her whenever she had troubles with the neighbours over her kids behaviour, I felt fear whenever she was on her last penny and thinking of how she would raise the kids for another week as a single mother and I felt happy for her whenever she stood her ground or bettered herself in life.

Being raised by a single Mom myself, I related intensely with most of the situations Hana and her children were put through. Had Hana been made out to be an invincible super “miss independent I don’t need no man” woman the entire movies emotional message would have simply withered. The same is true of the opposite side of the spectrum, had she been a completely vulnerable woman needing help to raise her kids it would not have had the same impact either.
Hana’s character grows as well, she learns as she experiences new problems in life. Such as How to farm, how to teach her children to behave in public and her special problem of how to treat children that are half wolf/human. I really wish more media would give us more female characters like this, its really not that hard to pull off but when it is successfully done and done so masterfully, it makes for a true masterpiece.

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The film is simply a masterpiece one of the best stories you will ever see about the trials of parenthood. It helps that the visuals are stunning and the character designs fit well with the story being told. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, Summer Wars) returns as the lead character designer and Hosoda gives us his most touching piece of drama yet.

I highly recommend this film, highly.

Watamote: A Princess Jellyfish For Beginners

•October 5, 2013 • 5 Comments

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!” or Watamote for short is an anime that came out of nowhere to take the anime community by storm, the hardcore community anyway. The title roughly translates to “No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular,” and that is really the best synopsis for the show.

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True Love Only Exists In Makoto Shinkai Anime

•June 25, 2013 • 8 Comments

Disclaimer: I couldn’t really find a way to talk about this movie in a clinical manner because of how it personally affected me, this may be one of the most personal articles I have ever written. I hope you enjoy it regardless.

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I recently managed to grab together the guts to watch Makoto Shinkai’s (5 cm per Second, A place Promised in Our Days) new film The Garden of Words. I had been avoiding watching it due to the fact that his movies tend to pack a serious emotional punch, almost like they are made specifically to personally torment me.

Anyway, I finally managed to see it today and just as expected I really enjoyed it. Its a 45 minute long short film about a 15 year old high schooler who aspires to be a shoe maker and a 27 year old high school teacher who is having work related problems.

The two meet at a pavilion in a park or garden on rainy mornings and slowly begin to interact and get closer to each other with each passing day. Despite what the title says, there are very few lines of dialogue in this film which is something I highly appreciate because the visual and music are more than enough to convey the message to the viewers.

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See The Garden of Words is a typical bitter-sweet romance story, the signature of Makoto Shinkai works and I love it for that. Just like his first ever work , Voices of a Distant Star which he amazingly did entirely on his own, The Garden of Words is about long distance relationships. I have somehow been unfortunate in my love life, 2 of the 3 relationships I’ve been in have been long distance, and I think that is why I respond so well to Makoto Shinkai works.

The Nostalgic and dream like aura his anime have work extremely well to convey the feeling of incomprehensible loneliness and longing one feels when they are in a long distance relationship or have found themselves in unrequited love. Its not exactly gloomy its somewhat comforting yet gloomy at the same time which is exactly how all of Makoto Shinkai’s romance films feel.

I have noticed that this is also a major complaint for most anime fans who “don’t get” his loyal supporters. I believe in order to really enjoy Makoto Shinkai’s films one must allow themselves to be immersed in this gloomy, lonely yet comforting world he is building, one must be able to be emotionally manipulated by the almost cryptic dialogue in his films. That or they just have to experience what it’s like to be in a long distance relationship or bitter-sweet relationship at least once.

Most of Shinkai’s anime don’t have peachy perfect endings, which are unfortunately how most of these relationships end up anyway, but somehow they still leave you with a sense of hope. “Maybe true love does exist out there”, “maybe they can get together if they really work harder at it.” All these are thoughts that Shinkai leaves lingering in his viewer’s minds as the credits roll on each of his beautifully animated films.

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In the end, The Garden of Words is one of the most immaculately drawn and beautifully animated anime I have ever seen and its content is something any romance fan should see. It struck a chord in me that hasn’t really been touched since 5 cm per second and Toradora!

AniBloggers Choice Anime Awards 2012: Winners

•April 6, 2013 • 14 Comments

The ACAA this year was just as successful as last years (minus my hiccup with the late post; My apologies guys it wont happen again) That said the total number of bloggers who participated grew but the votes were less. This is because this year I forced every site to unanimously decide among its own members which shows they declared as a unit to be the best. This made my Job easier and theirs more interesting, or ferocious depending on how opinionated they were.

The Result was rather astounding and to be honest pretty impressive. Here are te shows your favourite Anime pundits have declared were the best that aired in 2012.

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The Kidd’s Top 12 Anime of 2012

•January 1, 2013 • 17 Comments

Just like last year here are my top anime picks of 2012, these are also my nominations for the 2012 version of the Anibloggers Choice Anime Awards.

12 -Sword Art Online

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I seem to always be on the apologetic side of the blogosphere when it comes to these polarising shows. Last year I added Fractale to my list completely unironically and that brought me some flack, I have a feeling this might too. Sure I haven’t completed SAO yet but that doesn’t erase the fact that all the SAO Ive seen so far has been entertaining. Its not as good as I or we all thought it had the potential to be but its still good.

This is a show that makes the list simply because of its unique MMO in real life premise. The way the characters have to switch their mindsets from fantasy to real life survival in a world that is purely fantasy is fascinating to watch. I’d recommend SAO to any anime fan any day.

11-Natsuyuki Rendezvous

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Natsuyuki’s first 5 episodes is the best anime of 2012. Just like Hanasaku Iroha last year the show delves into the meh zone after it loses touch with what its actually good at in the second half (Im never gonna let that HanaIro thing go am I). Im a sucker for Josei and Natsuyuki’s story about a middle aged widow falling in love with a much much younger man was something that was not only new to me but the anime fandom as a whole. The comedy kept the show light enough to watch during some of those dreary somber moments and the fantasy elements added something a little special to the mix too.

10-Hyouka

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What do you get when you mix KyoAni with a lot of money trying to show off? You get Hyouka. Animation, animation, animation. Hyouka’s overarching storyline may not have been the stuff of Legend but the one off episodic mysteries are what kept me coming back for more. Id also be a fool to deny the fact that the character designs kept me watching. The boys were just as cute as the girls if not more. It was a good year for cute boys doing cute things.

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